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Telemedicine service shortlisted for national award

Published 11/09/2017

A Derby Teaching Hospitals scheme that prevents patients making unnecessary trips to hospital has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

The Telemedicine service, developed by Derby Teaching Hospitals and Southern Derbyshire CCG, has been shortlisted in the ‘Using Technology to Improve Efficiency’ category at this year’s Health Service Journal Awards. 

The Telemedicine service allows optometrists and GPs to email pictures and videos direct to ophthalmology experts at the Royal Derby Hospital, saving patients from having to visit a specialist hospital eye clinic.

The new service means that patients get a virtual consultant review within 48 hours, rather than waiting many weeks for an outpatient clinic appointment.

Telemedicine is now used at 12 GP practices across Southern Derbyshire and has prevented nearly 700 inappropriate first outpatient referrals. This in turn has reduced waiting times for those patients who do need to see a consultant within six weeks, by increasing capacity in the Royal Derby’s Ophthalmology department.   

The HSJ Award winners will be announced at a ceremony, to be held in London, on 22 November.  

Last Modified 11/09/2017